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The Record Industry who I akin to the Mafia
The record industry who I like to akin to the Mafia has finally gotten smart. I am no fan. They have used strong-arm tactics against college campuses, students etc. They complain about all the pilfering of music online yet the record industry continues to rake in the money.
Its about time they change there ways. Here is what recently just happened….
I found this on Techdirt.
RIAA Abandoning Mass Lawsuits In Favor Of Backroom 3 Strikes Policy
from the it's-a-step,-but-a-very-small-one dept
It really was just three days ago that we suggested that if the record
labels actually wanted anyone to take them seriously concerning their
desire to come up with more constructive solutions to the business
model challenges they face, they should at least stop suing
folks as a gesture of trying something new. The usual recording
industry defenders in the comments claimed this was a ridiculous
suggestion, but it appears that the RIAA is at least taking a small
step in that direction. The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the
recording industry (the WSJ mis-labels it "the music industry") is abandoning its strategy of mass lawsuits.
First off, this is a step in the right direction -- and
we think it's great that the record labels have agreed to do this, even
if it's many, many years too late. And, it's hardly a huge concession.
The lawsuits have been an unmitigated disaster.
They have done nothing to slow file sharing (in fact, the publicity
generated from the lawsuits has often been credited with alerting many
people to the possibility). The strategy has also splintered the file
sharing space into many, many different players, many of them way
underground, unlike in the early days when there were a manageable
number of players who could be worked with proactively. It's also done
tremendous damage to the brands of the major record labels (Universal,
Warner, EMI and Sony) and the RIAA itself -- leading many to swear off
buying any of their products. Finally -- and most importantly -- the
strategy did absolutely nothing to help musicians adapt to a
changing market that was opening up tremendous new opportunities both
to spread their music and to profit. So, kudos to the folks at the RIAA
for finally realizing how backwards this strategy has been.
The fine print
But, of course, this is the RIAA, so you can rest assured that the
details aren't anything to be happy about. In exchange for not filing
mass lawsuits, the RIAA has worked out backroom deals with numerous
ISPs (brokered by Andrew Cuomo -- who has a history of using baseless threats to get ISPs to censor content
they have no legal responsibility to censor). The exact details are a
bit sketchy, but it sounds like a variation on the ridiculous three strikes
policy that has been (mostly) rejected in Europe as a violation of
basic civil rights. Basically, these ISPs will agree to be the RIAA
enforcers. Based solely on the RIAA's flimsy evidence,
the ISPs will either pass on, or directly email subscribers with,
warning letters. Depending on the specifics of the agreement, the users
will get one or two more warning letters before the ISP will start
limiting their internet access or potentially cutting them off
entirely. If you think this sounds suspiciously like what Europe just rejected, you're right.
And, of course, the RIAA still says it may sue those who don't stop file sharing after all of this. They're just backing away from the mass lawsuit filings that they've been doing.
Why this is still a bad deal
Okay, so over the past few weeks, recording industry defenders have said that we were jumping the gun in criticizing a potential plan because it wasn't final. Our point was that since the record labels claim they want a "conversation,"
these deals shouldn't be negotiated in backrooms not involving
substantial stakeholders. So what happened here? Yup, a backroom deal
was negotiated without any involvement from users. And it was done
under the direction of Andrew Cuomo, who just spent many months
browbeating ISPs into agreeing to censor content.
To read the remainder of the article
RIAA Abandong Mass Lawsuits in Favor of Backroom Strikes Policy
Posted Michael Corey,
Founder & CEO, Ntirety
I have no love of the record Industry and their strong arm tactics
They keep telling us how much money they are loosing through online piracy, when they are experiencing record growth and profits. Give it a break. The record industry reminds me of the OIL Industry. With less than 20% of the U.S. oil coming in from the Middle East, why are our prices as the gas pump rising so fast. So in my opinion the The 1st New Mafia is the OIL Industry. Talk about record profits.
Here is a previous article on the record industry….
Music Industry Wants a Music Tax - Give it a break
The record industry (RIAA) in my opinion is the The 2nd new Mafia. The latest article I found in
. The colleges are pushing back on the Record Industries strong arm tactics. The article was titled “Colleges push back against RIAA’s methods” by Dennis Carter, EsSchool News.
To quote the article….
Administrators and IT chiefs at public universities nationwide say the recording industry's search for students accused of online piracy is cutting into their faculty's work day. In recent months, some universities have refused to forward "pre-litigation" letters to students offering them a settlement to avoid further legal action from the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA).
Forwarding these documents is not a legal responsibility of the college, administrators say, and tracking down students who might have downloaded music or movies illegally is time-consuming, forcing IT specialists to comb through an enormous university network, pinpoint specific illegal actions, and find students.
"This is between the recording industry and the people who may be violating their copyrights," said Brian Rust, marketing manager of the University of Wisconsin at Madison's Department of Information Technology, which has seen a steady increase of subpoenas and "cease-and-desist" notices forwarded from RIAA officials in recent years. "But public institutions are an easy target. We're very transparent about access to our network."
Higher education has been a primary ally in the recording industry's fight against online piracy, but over the last year, university officials say tension has mounted.
Filtering or monitoring technologies designed to spot incidents of illegal downloads have forced many colleges to assign full-time employees the job of tracking down the IP addresses of network users who might have violated copyright laws, find out if those users are still enrolled in the university, and make sure the alleged violators receive notice that the RIAA is looking for them. The software has been installed at campuses across the country after the recording industry's intensive lobbying effort for better network monitoring.
Denise Stephens, vice provost for information services and chief information officer at the University of Kansas, said the school decided to stop forwarding pre-litigation papers to students because the practice did not fit the mission of the college.
To read the entire article ……
Colleges push back against RIAA’s methods
Its about t.ime the colleges stand up the school yard bully.
Enough is enough. I understand ones desire to protect your copyrighted work. As an author of numerous books with Osborne McGraw-Hill. I really do get it. But its not the job of the colleges to do your dirty work. I also have a problem feeling sorry for the record industry, when you are having record profits and growth. It seems to me that if anything products like Limewire are the best marketing you have ever had. People are listening to the Music then going out and purchasing it.
My hats goes off the the University of Wisconsin and the University of Kansas. Its not the mission of the College to do the dirty wortk for the record industry.
Posted by Michael Corey